Dec 10, 2013 4:00pm EST
course of their country's history. an historic moment today as president obama, america's first black president, paid tribute to south africa's first black president there, calling him the last great liberator of the 20th century. >> it's tempting i think to remember nelson mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, but madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. i am not a saint, he said, unless you think i'm a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. >> one other moment of note, president obama unexpectedly shaking hands with cuban president raul castro, america's cold war rival. castro smiled during the handshake and said a few words. the relationship between the u.s. and cuba has thawed recently. >>> stay with news 4 for the very latest developments as the world prepares to say good-bye to nelson mandela. news 4's jim vance is traveling to south africa to cover the funeral. his reports begin on thursday. >>> today's weather story isn't just in our area. check this out. amazing video into our newsroom showing a 40-car pileup caught >>> good afternoon everyone. i'm bears.
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
obama called for a higher minimum wage, fast food workers are on strike or holding protests across the country today. one of the strikes happened at the smithsonian's air and space museum. steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with details of that. hi, steve. >> reporter: hi, barbara, good evening. coast-to-coast, they were not strikes or walk outs, but rallies and protests. but they did go coast-to-coast. fast food workers and their supporters demanded higher pay in washington, d.c. and in brooklyn. at dunkin' donuts in pittsburgh, at denver this morning. >> trying to make a livable wage. >> reporter: at mcdonald's in chicago. >> this christmas i haven't put up a christmas tree because i don't have money for it yet. >> reporter: a hike to move minimum wage from $7.25 an hour. >> i think you would see less workers in each of the restaurants. prices would have to go up and less jobs would be created. >> at the mcdonald's at the air and space museum, they make $8.25. this worker said she works at a mcdonald's nearby and supports two kids. everybody wants to be paid more. are you worth